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California's Best Charter Public High Schools in 2024

By William Lee

Many California charter public high schools earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Niche in 2024. In addition, the California Department of Education honored a whole host of charter public high schools with the prestigious California Distinguished School Award. 

Find out which charter public high school received state and/or national recognition this year in the lists below.

California's Top Ranked Charter High Schools in 2023-2024

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report publishes annual rankings for elementary, middle, and high schools in America. Below are the top-ranked charter high schools in California based on U.S. News state-by-state analysis:
  • Ranked #8 – Pacific Collegiate Charter (Santa Cruz)
  • Ranked #12 – University High School (Fresno)
  • Ranked #18 – Western Center Academy (Hemet)
  • Ranked #27 – Orange County School of the Arts (Santa Ana)
  • Ranked #28 – Preuss School UCSD (La Jolla)
  • Ranked #31 – University Preparatory Academy Charter (San Jose)
  • Ranked #35 – KIPP King Collegiate High School (San Lorenzo)
  • Ranked #41 – Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy (Lennox)
  • Ranked #47 – Hawthorne Math and Science Academy (Hawthorne)
  • Ranked #57 – Kipp Navigate College Prep (San Jose)
  • Ranked #59 – Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy (Arcata)
  • Ranked #63 – KIPP San Jose Collegiate (San Jose)
  • Ranked #69 – Alliance Ted K. Tajima High School (Los Angeles)
  • Ranked #72 – Stockton Collegiate International Secondary (Stockton)
  • Ranked #74 – Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (Rocklin)
  • Ranked #86 – Pacific Law Academy (Stockton)
  • Ranked #87 – Summit Public School: Denali (Sunnyvale)
  • Ranked #93 – Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science (Los Angeles)


Niche is an online platform offering in-depth profiles on every school and college in America, as well as over 140 million reviews and ratings. Below are the top-ranked charter high schools in California based on Niche's data sets and surveys in 2024:
  • Ranked #6 – California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley (Duarte)
  • Ranked #7 – University High School (Fresno)
  • Ranked #8 – Orange County School of the Arts (Santa Ana)
  • Ranked #22 – High Tech Los Angeles (Lake Balboa)
  • Ranked #26 – Granada Hills Charter School (Granada Hills)
  • Ranked #28 – Preuss School UCSD (La Jolla)
  • Ranked #29 – Helix Charter High School (La Mesa)
  • Ranked #37 – University Preparatory Academy Charter School (San Jose)
  • Ranked #44 – Pacific Collegiate Charter School (Santa Cruz)
  • Ranked #46 – Da Vinci Science (El Segundo)
  • Ranked #82 – Western Center Academy (Hemet)
  • Ranked #93 – Larchmont Charter School (West Hollywood)
  • Ranked #97 – Summit Public School - Shasta Campus (Daly City)
  • Ranked #99 – Palisades Charter High School (Pacific Palisades)

California Distinguished Schools 

Every year, the California Department of Education honors exceptional schools with the California Distinguished School Award. Below is a list of charter high schools that received the distinction in 2024:

High Schools (Grades 9-12) 

  • AIMS College Prep High (Oakland)  
  • Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High (Huntington Park)
  • Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High (Los Angeles)
  • Alliance Leichtman-Levine Family Foundation Environmental Science High (Los Angeles)
  • Alliance Margaret M. Bloomfield Technology Academy High (Huntington Park)
  • Alliance Patti And Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy (Los Angeles)
  • Animo Inglewood Charter High (Inglewood)
  • Animo Jackie Robinson High (Los Angeles)  
  • Animo Leadership High (Inglewood)  
  • Birmingham Community Charter High (Van Nuys)  
  • Camino Nuevo High #2 (Los Angeles)  
  • Central City Value (Los Angeles)  
  • Da Vinci Science (El Segundo)
  • Ednovate - Brio College Prep (Los Angeles)  
  • Ednovate - East College Prep (Los Angeles)  
  • Ednovate - Esperanza College Prep (Los Angeles)  
  • Environmental Charter High (Lawndale) 
  • Gateway High (San Francisco)
  • Grover Cleveland Charter High (Reseda)  
  • Harmony Magnet Academy (Strathmore)
  • Health Careers Academy (Stockton) 
  • High Tech High (San Diego)
  • Inspire School of Arts and Sciences (Chico)
  • Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy (Inglewood)
  • Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (San Jose)
  • Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts (Marysville)
  • Math and Science College Preparatory (Los Angeles)  
  • Port of Los Angeles High (San Pedro)
  • Reedley Middle College High (Reedley)
  • School for Entrepreneurship and Technology (San Diego)
  • Stockton Early College Academy (Stockton)
  • Taft Charter High (Woodland Hills)
  • Ted K. Tajima High (Los Angeles)  
  • WISH Academy High (Los Angeles)  

Middle/High Schools (Grades 6-12 or K-12)

  • Magnolia Science Academy 2 (Van Nuys)
  • PUC Triumph Charter Academy and PUC Triumph Charter High (Burbank)
  • University Preparatory (Redding)
  • Vox Collegiate of Los Angeles (Sylmar)
  • Western Center Academy (Hemet)

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